Tuesday, March 10, 2015

i'm on that mermaid life

Hey everyone! I've got some amazing nails for you today if I do say so myself! (And I do say so.)


Totally wanted to leave these on for the rest of my life.

The base color for this mani is a new-ish one from Essence (it came out in Canada in maybe October or November), called Aquatix Bay, I did three coats for best coverage.
The seashell stamping image is from the Cheeky summer collection, plate CH-38.
I used a Mundo de Unas stamping polish. I think it's called Lilac. They stamp sooooo amazingly.
I added some rhinestones and pearls to continue with the mermaid effect.


Mermaid nails are just the best. I am a mermaid. If you didn't know.


Hope you guys enjoyed these nails as much as I did!
BTW - Any of my polish friends out there in sunny Florida wanna take me to the Iggy Azalea concert in May? I'll be there for vacation with my fam, and at this rate, I'ma be taking my mom to see Iggy Iggs.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

january/february haul 2015

Hey everyone! I know y'all love these haul posts, so sorry if you've been having haul-withdrawal since November. I actually don't think I bought a single polish in December (Christmas was busy!) so there was no haul for that, and then January was slow as well so I decided to lump it into one for Jan/Feb!
It might be really hard actually for me to think back to what I have bought though. I need to start updating my spreadsheet on the regular like I used to! Maybe I'll get started on that after this post.

Once again, I can't get my Instagram photos to embed properly like they always did before (anyone else having this problem?!) so I had to save them and upload them.
So anyway, please follow me on IG if you haven't already and you can see my haul pics in real time as they happen! Hahaha.


I ended up buying a bunch of Color Club at Winners. Are you surprised? (One of these was from the last haul though, I just happened to be labeling them all and took a photo.)
They had four new collections there all at once and I basically had a mental breakdown trying to decide what to buy. I left one behind and now it'll probably haunt me forever. As per usual.
I won't list all the individual names here, but the collections I did take home are:  
Poptastic Remix, Seven Deadly Sins, and one half of the Celebration collection.
I almost left the Seven Deadly Sins behind because I didn't realize that's what it was, but man I am glad I got it because I wanted to try their textured polishes!


I got these two ridiculously priced polishes on clearance at Winners:
Ciaté - Apples and Custard
Nails Inc - Ives Street


Also at Winners, I found a ton of Formula X polishes from Sephora. Like, a TON. From all sorts of their collections. And they are $4.99 compared to the usual $13-16ish. I found six of the matte glitters and had to talk myself down from getting all six. So I got three:
Formula X - Crash (the bright blue)
Formula X - TNT (the dark blue)
Formula X - Maniacal (the green)

I picked up my very first Enchanted Polish during a restock at Nail Polish Canada. Haven't used it yet, but I plan to soon!
Enchanted Polish - Amazing

Oh wait, I think I did get one polish in December! My bestie Dan did me a solid and while on vacation he picked me up a Mac nail polish that had sold out online before I could snag it. My first Mac polish, too!
Mac - Just Jewels 

That brings me to a total of 26 polishes, as long as I haven't missed anything!
But I probably did.
#yolo

Sunday, February 22, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Swatches - Part 2 - The Mattes

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Today I am coming to you with some more ColourPop eyeshadow swatches. I mentioned in my first post that my friend Therese would be swatching her collection for our viewing pleasure, and oh boy, now I pretty much want every single color.

Definitely check out the first post for all the details on the formula and stuff, but just know that these are super pigmented cream-to-powder shadows with amazing colors for just $5 each.

Today I'll be showing you the matte shadows from ColourPop! These were a highly anticipated release, and I did show off three of them myself but Therese has all but one of them so here they are in their full glory. (We are only missing the matte black and I am sure you can imagine what that's like anyway.)


Fairfax - A dark brown matte, great pigment, but that basically doesn't even need to be said.

Mittens - A brick red-brown matte, definitely a unique shade. I must own this.

Effect - Deep blackened teal matte, crazyyy pigment. Yum.

Bill - Muted plum beige matte. Great transition color!

Hustle - Burgundy matte with violet undertone. All day every day.


Cop A Feel - Light creamy beige matte. Another great transition color. This whole section is really!

Hanky Panky - A light cool-toned matte taupe. Gimme.

Play - This is a peachy neutral matte taupe. Unique!

To-A-T - Mid tone matte brown. Warm tones definitely suit me to a T.

Bandit - Warm rusty brown matte. Warm yes gimme more.


Doe-A-Deer - Deep matte violet. Want this so hard.

Tink - Deep matte charcoal! Basically dyin' to get this for smokey eyes.

Girl Crush - Mid tone warm matte gray. So good. 

And just pretend there is a black matte on the end called Roulette!

_____________________________________________

A big thank you goes out to the wonderful Therese for these great swatches! And there are still plenty more to come. Like, lots. 
She wasn't sure she would have the skills to take good swatch photos but I think she did an amazing job, am I right? :D
And again check out the first post for all you need to know about ColourPop.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and have a great week! I'll see you soon with some nail posts.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

valentine's day smooches


Hey everyone! You know what? I think I'm really committed to blog-revitalization this time. I even did nail art on myself like two times this week. That's a lot for me lately! I hope this is me coming back around to the nail game. I've missed it!

I even did seasonally-appropriate nails. Valentine's Day nails!
You may remember from years past that Tiffany from Nail Polish Canada is my nail-valentine and this year is no different because she sent me another lovely plate to play with. 


Muah! Lil' kisses.
I started with a base of Formula X for Sephora - Hyped, a super vibrant purple with amazing shimmer.
It dries semi-matte as most neon purples do, so you're able to quickly go in and do some stamping.
I stamped the lips image from Bundle Monster BM-H17 using a light pink stamping polish from Mundo de Unas.
Add some Seche Vite and you're done! 


Super cute for Valentine's Day, or Galentine's Day! Hope you guys are having a lovely day whatever you're up to.

If you're feelin' this mani, you can buy the plate here on its own for only $3.40! Ships free in Canada, too.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Swatches - Part 1!

Hey everyone out there in blog land! Do you miss me? I know I am a total and complete space case when it comes to my blog of late, however I'm pretty into the idea of revitalizing it! Let's get some posts up in this bish!

I gotta admit, I kinda spend more time on makeup than nails lately, so I'm hoping to try out some more makeup posts for the blog. And never fear, I do still love all things nails, I just have practically zero time to do my own between working full time plus grad school plus nail clients plus actually trying to have a social life sometimes. But I'm working on getting back into it! I'm not up on all the latest nail crazes, but I'm sure with a little help from you guys, I'll get there!

So today I've got a makeup post ready for ya! I recently fell in love with a new product so now I'm gonna share it with all of you.


If you've been living under a makeup rock, you might not have heard of ColourPop Cosmetics. They have been blowing up on Instagram and YouTube and practically everywhere else. And for good reason, too. They've got a beautiful range of eye shadows and lip products, and soon there will be blushes in the family as well.
What makes their shadows different is the formula. The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are like this totally different and unique texture that is a cream-to-powder type of deal. It's actually squishy. You have to touch it yourself to understand. And the ultra mega bonus is that they're all $5 a pop. FIVE BUCKS! That's not even a good sub at Subway.

I have to say, when I first saw people obsessing over these I was like "Nahhh, this girl doesn't need another product to hoard. I'll pass." But the more I saw pictures and videos I was like YAASSS NEEED. The pigment is so intense, and the glittery ones are so stinkin' beautiful. I couldn't resist any longer. I bought ten.


Each shadow comes in a little box, and you have to keep the individual pots closed tightly when not in use because they can dry out and no one wants that.


And now it is swatchey time! I've included flash and natural light photos for some sparkle realness. Each swatch is just one small swipe, because like I said, the pigment is just out of control.


Tassel - A very glittery white shade. You could put this anywhere for BAM sparkle. Highlight like mad.

Meow - This one is my favorite. It's impossible to capture all the sparkle going down in here. It's a dark silver base and it reflects with pink and purple and maybe even blue glitter. When I put this on my eyes for the first time, I spent the next half hour looking at it. Ooh aah sparkle yes wow. You need this on your face like yesterday.

Ibiza - Blue! Beautiful vibrant turquoise blue. Not as sparkly as the others, more pigment-based, but still glitters like a damn goddess. Gimme.

Dare - Be still my heart. Sparkly vibrant purple. Need I say more?

Bae - I'm pretty sure that this shade was the reason I broke down and bought some. It's a bruised purpley red, with a turquoise duochrome flash. It totally transforms in the light and it's so cool.


Hustle - Another reason I had to order. A burgundy matte with pigment like whoa. I can't stop loving warm eyeshadow looks and this is a great shade for that.

Effect - A deep teal matte with insane pigment. Just a beautiful color. So dense and creamy.

Bill - Talk about creamy. This one even feels creamier than the others. I figured I had to get one neutral color. Who doesn't love a good nude?

Cricket  - Sparkle time. Do you see this? A smokey plum-brown with just so much glitter. So beautiful. Take your usual everyday Naked palette look, and then add this on the lid? Unreal.

Sequin - More glitter. More. This is a very metallic copper with all your sparkle needs.

_____________________________________________

What do you guys think of these amazing shadows? Can you believe they are $5? Would you like to see more? Yes? Great, because I have a trick up my sleeve.
Even though these are my only Super Shock shades as of now, my amazing pal Therese has a whole bunch more. And she is going to swatch them for us all! And I'll be posting them here. ColorPop has such an amazing range of colors and I'm pumped to be able to do a whole series of posts. We will even include some of their Lippie Stix somewhere along the line. Stoked!

So for now, I leave you with this subtle ColourPop eye look I posted on my Instagram. See you guys again soon!